HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life cycle.


Most maritime products are typically associated with large investments and are seldom built in large series. Where other modes of transport benefit from the economy of series production, this is not the case for maritime products which are typically designed to refined customer requirements increasingly determined by the need for high efficiency, flexibility and low environmental impact at a competitive price. Product design is thus subject to global trade-offs among traditional constraints (customer needs, technical requirements, cost) and new requirements (life-cycle, environmental impact, rules). The overall budget for this collaborative project is €11.43M with a maximum European Grant of €11.43M.

One of the most important design objectives is to minimise total cost over the economic life cycle of the product, taking into account maintenance, refitting, renewal, manning, recycling, environmental footprint, etc. The trade-off among all these requirements must be assessed and evaluated in the first steps of the design process on the basis of customer/owner specifications.

Advanced product design needs to adapt to profound, sometimes contradicting requirements and assure a flexible and optimised performance over the entire life-cycle for varying operational conditions. This calls for greatly improved design tools including multi-objective optimisation and finally virtual testing of the overall design and its components.

HOLISHIP (HOLIstic optimisation of SHIP design and operation for life-cycle) addresses these urgent industry needs by the development of innovative design methodologies, integrating design requirements (technical constraints, performance indicators, life-cycle cost, environmental impact) at an early design stage and for the entire life-cycle in an integrated design environment. Design integration will be implemented in practice by the development of integrated design s/w platforms and demonstrated by digital mock-ups and industry-led application studies on the design and performance of ships, marine equipment and maritime assets in general.

Work packages:

  • WP1 Mission Requirements and Basic Characteristics
  • WP2 System Architecture
  • WP3 Hull form, Stability and Hydrodynamic Performance
  • WP4 Structures, Materials and Producibility
  • WP5 Machinery, Propulsion and Equipment
  • WP6 Economy, Life Cycle Cost and Assessment Environmental issues
  • WP7 Integration of Methods and Tools, Software Platforms
  • WP8 Virtual Vessel Framework (VVF)
  • WP9 Application Case 1 – OSV - AHTS
  • WP10 Application Case 2 - Cruise Vessel
  • WP11 Application Case 3 – Research Vessel
  • WP12 Application Case 4 – Multi- Purpose Ocean Ship
  • WP13 Application Case 5 – Merchant Vessel / VVF
  • WP14 Application Case 6 – Merchant vessel Design for Life-cycle optimisation
  • WP15 Application Case 7 – Offshore Platform Design
  • WP16 Application Case 8 – RoPAX Design Optimisation
  • WP17 Application Case 9 – Double end Ferry


  • D7.1 Further development of existing software tools
  • D7.2 Feasibility Concept Design of Selected Ship Types
  • D7.3 Contract Design of Selected Ship Types
  • D7.4 Retrofitting and Operational Performance of Selected Ship Types


  • Hsva Gmbh, The Coordinator, Germany
  • ALS Marine Consultants Ltd, Cyprus
  • Aveva Gmbh, Germany
  • Balance Technology Consulting Gmbh, Germany
  • Bureau Veritas, France
  • Cetena S.P.A. Centro Per Gli Studi di Tecnica Navale
  • Center Of Maritime Technologies EV, Germany
  • Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem Bv, Netherlands
  • Danaos Shipping Company Limited, Cyprus
  • DCNS SA, France
  • Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft - Und Raumfahrt EV, Germany
  • DNVGL, Greece
  • Elomatic OY, Finland
  • Epsilon Malta Limited, Malta
  • Fraunhofer Gesellschaft-Agp, Germany
  • Fincantieri Spa, Italy
  • Friendship Systems AG, Germany
  • Hochschule Bremen, Germany
  • Institut de Recherche Technologique Systemx, France
  • Institut Fuer Seeverkehrswirtschaft und Logistik, Germany
  • Lloyd's Register EMEA IPS, UK
  • Marin, Netherlands
  • Marintek, Norway
  • Meyer Werft Papenburg Gmbh & Co KG, Germany
  • Navantia S.A. Spain
  • National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Rolls-Royce Marine AS, Norway
  • Rolls-Royce Power Engineering Plc, UK
  • Sirehna, France
  • S.M.I.L.E.-Fem Gmbh, Germany
  • Starbulk SA, Liberia
  • TNO, Netherlands
  • Tritec Marine Ltd , UK
  • Uljanik, Croatia
  • Universita Degli Studi di Genova , Italy
  • Universite de Liege, Belgium
  • University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Van der Velden Marine Systems BV, Netherlands


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689074